Writing Competitions

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All listings are for external competitions. If you have a question about these competitions, please contact the competition organisers by clicking the website link in each listing. Unfortunately, we cannot assist with queries on external competitions. If you’re a competition organiser and would like to list your writing competition on our site, please send the […]

Creative Writing Ink Short Story Competition

The Creative Writing Ink Short Story Competition 2022 is open to writers across the globe, until September 30th 2022 at 4pm (GMT). Stories do not need to follow any particular theme or genre, but must be written in English. Maximum word count is 3000 words. 1st prize: £1000, plus a free creative writing course of […]

The Ovacome Writing Competition 2022

The Ovacome Writing Competition 2022 is open to short story writers, aged 18 and over, in the UK. The theme for entries is ‘Perspective’. Deadline: 30th September, 2022 Entry fee: £5 1st prize: £250 2nd prize: £50 Waterstones voucher Word count: 1500 maximum Full details here.

V S Pritchett Short Story Prize

The V S Pritchett Short Story Prize, from the Royal Society of Literature, is open for entries until September 16th, 2022. 1st prize: £1000 and publication in Prospect magazine and the RSL Review. Word count: 2000-4000 words. Entry fee: £7.50 Full details here.

Secret Life Of Data: Short Story Competition

The Secret Life Of Data: Short Story Competition is open until 12th September. It’s free to enter! There is no set genre or style, but entries should be no longer than 4000 words and adhere to the theme of ‘Secret Life Of Data’. Prizes: 1st – £1000 2nd – £500 3rd – £250 Full details […]

Crowvus Christmas Ghost Story Competition

The Crowvus Christmas Ghost Story Competition is open until 30th September – until the very last second of the month! It is open to all ages and ghost stories do not necessarily need to be scary. Word limit: 4000 words maximum. Entry fees Free for children up to the age of 16. Adults: £3 per […]

To Hull And Back Short Story Competition

The To Hull and Back Humorous Short Story Competition, run by Christopher Fielden, is open to writers from around the world until 30th June 2023. Stories should be no longer than 2500 words. Prizes: 1st Prize- £1,200, your head on the To Hull And Back Anthology cover and a trip to Hull on a Harley […]

WOW! Women On Writing Contests

The WOW! Women On Writing Contests are now open. WOW! Women On Writing Summer 2022 Flash Fiction Contest Deadline: August 31, 2022 Guest Judge: Literary Agent Amy Elizabeth Bishop with DG&B Literary Agency Submit short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. Prizes: $400, $300, $200, plus publication, an interview and a gift […]

Exisle Academy Writing Competition

The Exisle Academy Writing Competition is open internationally, until August 28th 2022. They are looking for short stories, of any genre, that are based on a pivotal moment of your life. It’s free to enter. 1st prize: $2000 worth of training and coaching with Exisle Academy, including the opportunity to discuss developing a book with […]

Bedford Competition Short Story and Poetry Awards

The Bedford Competition Short Story and Poetry Awards are open internationally until October 31st, 2022. The Bedford Competition is a non-profit group. Net proceeds will go to charities that help, support and promote literary/literacy skills. Prizes: 1st – £1000 2nd – £200 3rd – £100. There are also Cygnature Prizes of £100 for young writers aged […]

Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition

The Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition is open for entries from around the world. There are two categories to enter in this year’s competition: English as Second Language – open to all poets over 18 years of age who write in English as an additional language Open category – open to all poets over 18 […]

Grindstone International Novel Prize

The Grindstone International Novel Prize is open to unrepresented writers from all over the world. Grindstone are looking for finished or part-finished novels aimed at YA audiences or older and of any genre. Deadline: October 1st 2022. Prizes: Winner £1,000, Runner Up £500, 4x Shortlist £125. Longlist entries will be forwarded to affiliated agents. Entry […]

Oxford Flash Fiction Prize 2022

The Oxford Flash Fiction Prize 2022 is open for entries until 31 August 2022. Write yourself into history and become one of the greats with the Oxford Flash Fiction Prize. Entry fee: £6 for one story, £10 for two, £14 for three. 1st prize: £1000 2nd prize: £200 3rd prize: £100 Word count: 1000 words […]

7 Day Story Writing Challenges

Globe Soup’s 7 Day Story Writing Challenges take place throughout the year. They are free to enter! When the challenge begins you will receive an email with your randomly assigned genre and the secret challenge theme. You will then have 7 days to write and submit your story, based on that theme and genre. Your […]

Joffe Books Prize

The Joffe Books Prize is looking for fantastic, crime fiction authors from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to join their bestselling list. It’s open to UK residents and British citizens. Entrants are invited to submit their full-length manuscript (min. 50 000 words), written in English, along with a synopsis of the book and an […]

The Face Project

The Face Project is looking for writers to contribute to its unique art and literature publication. They are accepting submissions of short stories and poems that are no longer that 1000 words in length. 28 selected entries will be published in a worldwide publication. Closing date: September 4th, 2022 It’s free to enter. Full details […]

The Anthology Poetry Award 2022

The Anthology Poetry Award 2022 is open internationally to all poets. Deadline: October 31, 2022. Poems should adhere to the theme ‘Dream’ and must not exceed 40 lines. The winner will receive €500 and publication in the Anthology Magazine. Entry Fee: €10 per poem – Early bird (until July 31, 2022) €15 per poem, until […]

Searchlight Awards – Best Novel Opening

Searchlight Awards – Best Novel Opening for Children or Young Adults is open to anyone over the age of 16. Closing date: 22nd August 2022. Entry fee: £14 per story. 1st Prize: £1000 The top 10 stories will feature in the Winners’ Collection, which is sent to publishers and literary agents, and will also be […]

Anansi Archive Writing Awards

The Anansi Archive Writing awards run in three categories throughout the year. All categories are open-themed. Poetry Up to 500 words Entry fee: FREE Prize: First £20, runner-up £10 Flash Fiction Up to 500 words Entry fee: FREE Prize: First £20, runner-up £10 Short Fiction Up to 3,000 words Entry fee: FREE Prize: First £50, […]

Cranked Anvil Quarterly Prompt Competition

The Cranked Anvil Quarterly Prompt Competition is open all year round, with deadlines on 1st July, 1st October and 1st April. The prompt elements of each quarter are specified on their site (link below). Entry fee: £5 for one entry, £8 for two, £10 for three. Prizes: 1st prize – £150 2nd prize – £75 […]

Soldiers’ Arts Academy International Poetry Competition

The Soldiers’ Arts Academy International Poetry Competition is open for entries until September 1st, 2022 at 5pm (BST). Entrants must have a connection to the military. This can include individuals currently serving, veterans or their families. Entry fee: Adults are £4 per poem, or £10 for 3 poems. Young People are FREE to enter. Prizes […]

Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition

The Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition is a quarterly short story competition. The closing dates are: 31st January, 30th April, 31st July, 31st October. Open to any theme or genre, but your story must be a maximum of 1,500 words (not including the title). Entry fees: £5 for 1 entry; £8 for 2 entries; £10 […]

Cranked Anvil Flash Fiction Competition

Cranked Anvil Flash Fiction Competition is a quarterly competition, which is open to writers from all over. Entries must not exceed 500 words. The next deadline is 31st August. Deadlines throughout the year: 28th (or 29th) Feb; 31st May; 31st August; 30th November Entry fee: £5 for 1 entry; £8 for 2 entries, £10 for […]

Shooter Literary Magazine Flash Competition

The Shooter Literary Magazine Flash Competition is running on a rolling basis, with one story being published on the second Monday of each month. They are looking for flash fiction and nonfiction in any theme or genre. Prize: £50 and inclusion in an annual anthology. Word count: 1,000 maximum. Entry fee: £3 Full details here.

Fusilli Writing Flash Fiction Competition

The Fusilli Writing Flash Fiction Competition is a recurring contest that is open to all writers from around the world. They are looking for flash fiction of up to 200 words, on any theme, but with a twist. It’s free to enter, but entrants can pay £3 for feedback on their work. Winning entries will […]

Guts Publishing Call for Submissions

Guts Publishing are an independent publisher based in London. They are now open for submissions from emerging writers based in the UK. They are seeking bold writers with ballsy stories in the form of memoirs, creative nonfiction, auto fiction or autobiography. Experimental is good! Word count: 25k or more Guts Publishing are especially interested in hearing […]

Chorus Voice Writing Competition

The Chorus Voice Writing Competition are accepting entries that promote a neighbourhood and, preferably, highlights one or more of its small businesses. Each piece of writing must be roughly 250 words long and must include at least two relevant photographs. Closing date: ongoing – the competition will take place every two weeks. Prize: £250 awarded […]

#FlashFiction101

#FlashFiction101 is a monthly flash fiction competition. It’s free to enter. Deadline: midnight on the last day of every month. Each entry must be exactly 101 words. Prize: Set of Tortive Theatre’s Bard Cards. The winner will have their story published online, along with their biography and links to any other work. The winning entry […]

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